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We would love to share some of your stories whether they are about personal experiences on treatment, in fundraising, or anything else you would like to share. Send your stories and photos to info@candlelighters.org.uk. © Karen Turner Photography, header image.

Our stories

Thank You Once Again to The Susie P Foundation
01-12-20Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
We are delighted to have received a grant of £2,000 from The Susie P Charitable Foundation, who are a continued supporter of Candlelighters. This grant will provide a Candlelighters Christmas Grant for 20 families. We know how difficult this year has been for many of our families and how this year more than ever, Christmas …
Company of the Month… Mowgli!
29-10-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
This month’s Company of the Month is Mowgli! Mowgli chose to start supporting Candlelighters in early 2020 at their newly opened Leeds restaurant on Boar Lane. Mowgli already has restaurants in Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield among other cities, the Leeds restaurant was due to open in March however this had to be postponed due to …
Your very own spook-tacular Colour in Champ! 
13-10-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Boo! Fancy an afternoon of fun Halloween crafting? Why not get started with our very own spook-tacular Colour in Champ!  We would Lo-o-o-o-oVE to see your very scary creations… why not send in a photo to our inbox, marketing@candlelighters.org.uk or tag us on social media? DOWNLOAD your colouring-in sheet here: Halloween Champ!  
Meet Hattie
18-09-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
BE BRAVE, BE BOLD, BE GOLD!  ‘This is Hattie. She has just turned two and was diagnosed with a mediastinal (chest) germ cell tumour in May 2020. Symptoms began to show around 2-3 weeks before Hattie’s diagnosis. She had temperatures similar to that shown when teething or with a viral infection. When they continued for …
Meet Teagan
18-09-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
BE BRAVE, BE BOLD, BE GOLD!  Today’s post comes with a special message from Teagan, inviting you all to join us TONIGHT for Champ’s BIG Golden Quiz! Starting at 6:30pm with your host Dr Bob Phillips!  ‘Taegan, aged 12, was diagnosed with an ovarian germ cell tumour on 6th December 2018. She spent time on …
Meet Harry
17-09-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
BE BRAVE, BE BOLD, BE GOLD!  ‘Harry was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma cancer stage 4 in November 2011, aged four. He’d had intermittent pain in his legs, pain in his tummy and high temperatures a few weeks before diagnosis. After several trips to the doctors and A&E, he finally had an ultrasound scan which spotted his …

Your stories

Meet Elijah and his family.
07-12-20Your stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Meet Elijah and his family. Here is his Mum, Lauren to tell you a little about their cancer journey and how your donations have helped to support their family.  ‘We were first introduced to Candlelighters on Ward 31, when my son Elijah was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma at 19 months old in July 2016 and they …
Fundraising Story – B.O.B.’s Baubles
04-12-20Your stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
Today we’d like to share with you another beautiful fundraising story – B.O.B.’s Baubles. ‘At five years old, Blake Holdsworth became very ill and after three months of doctors appointments and hospital trips, he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL). His treatment of chemotherapy and steroids started straight away, with six months of intensive …
Rhian’s Story
26-11-20Your stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
‘Hi everyone, I’m Julie, Mum to Rhian and Keeley.  Rhian was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) shortly after her 5th birthday in 2015. She completed her treatment in August 2017 and was clear of cancer for 20 months. She sadly relapsed in April 2019 and then during her treatment for this relapse, she relapsed …
Hello everyone, my name is Ellen, I’m 58-year-old grandma or Mama Ell to Isla & Max.
20-11-20Your stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Hello everyone, my name is Ellen, I’m 58-year-old grandma or Mama Ell to Isla & Max. I live in Wakefield and have two lovely daughters Rachel & Elizabeth and an amazing son in law Matthew. Sadly my husband died April 2018 he was a devoted and very special grandad to Isla & Max… when Isla …